Differentiation is the name of the game for OTT players
From international players such as Netflix to local platforms including Hotstar, Spuul, Hooq, Eros Now, Ditto TV and Voot amongst several others, the video over-the-top (OTT) market in the country has gotten crowded even before it could take off in a meaningful way even as there are more players, such as Balaji Telefilm’s ALT and Amazon Prime, planning to enter the market soon.
Going Bananas with Tim's Cook
What’s in a name? Ask a news editor and she’d say that she can reel off a dozen headlines with the right name, say Carpenter, or Taylor, or Cook, for that matter.
Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to India triggered a flurry of playful and punny headlines. Here are some:
# “What’s cooking with Apple CEO Tim Cook’s visit to India?” in The Hindustan Times,
India-Mauritius tax treaty: Will investors redraw investment routes?
After several years of negotiations, the double taxation treaty between India and Mauritius has now been amended through a protocol signed between the two countries. This has ushered in a significant shift in the tax treatment for investments from Mauritius into India.
Valuations may be theoretical, markdowns are not
There is very little science or math behind valuation of private companies. It is just a reflection of sentiment about supply and demand. Sentiment always tends to get ahead of reality but eventually reality catches up, and the bubble bursts.
When a company doesn’t have a differentiated position, it is difficult for it to grow. Amazon has a differentiated position it in India and Flipkart doesn’t. Discounting isn't a differentiator. How much will you discount and sell?
Proposed norms for P2P lending: A setback for cash-poor but promising startups?
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Are Indian banks ready for analytics?
When I started my career in banking in the 1980’s, banking was often referred to as the 3-6-3 business in the US, as bankers would borrow funds at 3% from the depositor, lend the money at 6% and were off to the golf course by 3 o’clock. Today, technology has revolutionised banking, enabling customers to manage their dealings with banks, i.e., what was once Customer Relationship Management (CRM) has now become Customer Managed Relationship (CMR).